Vehicle gunned at cops
A STOLEN car was used in an attempt to run down two police officers in a terrifying incident in Townsville.
The two officers were forced to dive for their lives as the stolen car hurtled towards them.
Regional District Officer Inspector Sean Dugger said it was fortunate the male and female senior constable were not injured or killed.
About 3.50am on Saturday police found a stolen Toyota Camry parked in the middle of the road in Illuta St, Rasmussen.
Two officers parked their car to inspect the stolen Toyota before a second police crew arrived.
Insp Dugger said a male senior constable was standing next to one of the police vehicles when a second stolen car arrived and drove directly at the officer.
“It accelerated towards one of the officers, causing him to have to jump out of the way,” Insp Dugger said.
“The vehicle has continued towards the initial police vehicle on scene where a female senior constable was standing behind an open front passenger door.
“(The stolen car) drove towards the officer, causing her to actually dive into the cabin of the police vehicle.”
The woman was able to land safely inside the police vehicle just moments before the stolen car crashed into the opened passenger door.
The car, which was identified as a Hyundai i30, sped off while police at the scene confirmed their colleagues were uninjured.
It was discovered abandoned in Heather Court, Rasmussen a short time later.
Insp Dugger said the Toyota had been stolen from South Townsville and the Hyundai from Railway Estate; both cars were taken overnight on Saturday by offenders who had broken into their victim’s homes and stolen keys.
Police are now hunting the people involved and are appealing for public help to track down the offenders as a matter of urgency.
“These offences are not joy riding, they are serious criminal offences with potential for police and members of the public to be seriously injured or worse,” Insp Dugger said. “My information is the officers are fine but it is very fortunate … Their awareness and training has assisted them in preventing them from being hit by this vehicle.
“We are appealing for any witnesses and anyone who has any information as to the identity of these offenders.”
Anyone who can help police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.